Lightner Farmhouse B&B

2350 Baltimore Pike , Gettysburg, PA 17325 USA (Show map)


Built ca. 1862, the Lightner Farmhouse served as a hospital for Union troops after the Battle of Gettysburg. The house is a graceful brick Federal-style building, surrounded by nineteen acres of peaceful countryside. Guests can rock on the porch as the afternoon breeze wafts scents from the gardens. We have taken care to preserve the original character of the farmhouse, including wide moldings, random-plank floors and four fireplaces. Bedrooms are decorated in themes inspired by quilt designs, each with a private bath containing hair dryers. A three-course country breakfast is served on individual oak tables in the dining room. Guests may use the Victorian parlor, furnished in period antiques and filled with interesting reading material about the battle. The common room, with exposed oak beams, a brick floor and large walk-in fireplace, serves as the gathering place in which our guests can relax. Games, a television, and videos are available for entertainment. The farmhouse has central air conditioning.



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  • Guest room4.7
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.7
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.6

Jay's birthday weekend

5 on August 02, 2015

Hospitality was great. The owners ensured my husband's birthday cake was received and ready for us when we returned from our day in the town. The breakfasts were tasty and served with a smile. Love this B&B!

Fantastic romantic B&B for my girlfriend and I

4.6 on June 19, 2015

Great place to spend a weekend to take in the wonderful history of Gettysburg. Would recommend to anyone.

Great place to stay - good value

5 on June 17, 2015

We stayed in the Cedar Room. 1st floor. Access to side porch with own entrance. On main road but set back from road with beautiful grounds and walking trails. Breakfast was very good and innkeepers were social and attentive. Definitely a place to stay in Gettysburg.

Great place to stay in Gettysburg.

4.2 on June 10, 2015

Stayed in early June 2015. Grounds were beautiful, nice garden and walking paths. Room was comfortable and reasonable in size for a B&B. Breakfast each morning was very good, but everyone is served the same dishes, no options. On Saturday morning a local historian talks about the battle's impact on the community. The house itself served as a field hospital. The owners and staff were great. Enjoyable stay.

A wonderful relaxing weekend with friends

5 on June 10, 2015

It's ways a wonderful weekend with friends. Eileen and Dennis and Jason make you feel right at home. Always enjoy my weekend in Gettysburg with them and will continue coming back. It's my 8th year.

Everything we hoped it would be!

5 on June 04, 2015

My wife and I stayed at the Lightner Farmhouse over Memorial Day weekend. We booked 4 nights in the Walnut Cottage which served as a summer kitchen during the time of the civil war. After the battle of Gettysburg, Union Soldiers used the farmhouse as a hospital. The walnut cottage still has the same oven built into it that was used by the Union Soldiers. The farmhouse grounds are beautiful. They are well maintained with flower gardens and trees that add to its historic appearance. The owners do a great job to make you feel welcome. They also provide history on the house during the battle of Gettysburg and take you on a tour of the house to go along with the discussion. The Breakfast portion of this B&B is outstanding. The food is excellent and they put those small touches on the plate that creates a great presentation. It was unfortunate that we missed out of the cinnamon Belgian waffles due to our schedule. We were speaking with the family one evening and mentioned it would have been interesting to watch some documentaries on Gettysburg, but they had recently upgraded their cable service and there was no DVD player in the cottage. The next day my wife and I came back to the cottage after lunch and there was a DVD player hooked up, instructions and DVD’s on Gettysburg. (SERVICE !) The best part of the location of the farmhouse was its proximity to town and the battlefield. It was 5 minutes away from a busy downtown and the national parks. As close as it was, it seemed far away when you returned. The drive was short, but the location has little traffic, rolling fields and tall trees. It was great to sit on the porch watching the sun go down while we relaxed after a busy day.

Excellent stay

5 on June 03, 2015

We spent four nights here and enjoyed it very much. The breakfasts were excellent and our room was very nice. The owners shared a lot of the history of the house with us and helped us with the better things to see and do in the area. We chose this one since it was outside of town but not too far away from all of the activities. It was nice to come back each night and relax on the porch. Thanks for a great stay!

Comfortable and charming inn

4.8 on May 07, 2015

Our room with own door out to the back porch was quiet and comfortable.

Home away from home. Thank you!

5 on April 04, 2015

The Lightner B&B was one of the best parts of our stay in Gettysburg. The house was betaine, comfortable and we felt very at home. The home-cooked breakfast was delicious, and the cookies and home-baked desserts that were left out each day were great. The location was perfect. It was far enough from town to be relaxing, but close enough to get to all the tourist attractions within minutes. The extra little touches, like the use of the auto tour CD, the bathroom amenities, and the Keurig in the room were wonderful. The family was so welcoming and hospitable. We would definitely stay at the Lightner again.

Valentine's Night at The Lightner Farmhouse

4.8 on March 01, 2015

My girlfriend and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The house was historic and comfortable. The family running it were very helpful and informative. And breakfast was very good, esp the egg strata.

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Rooms & Rates

Walnut Cottage

Located on the site of the original summer kitchen, a major highlight of the Walnut Cottage is the old beehive oven still found in the sitting room. This two-floor suite is decorated in a garden theme. The bath and sitting room are on the first floor. On the second floor is the sleeping area, with a king bed and the twin size daybed and trundle. Guests are served a private breakfast on our breezeway. Other amenities include a private wrap-around deck, private entrance, and a television.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 2 Twin

$150 - $175


Room with a queen size bed and private bath. Flat Screen TV with cable connection, Central Air and Wifi.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Pine Tree Suite

The Pine Tree Suite is located on the third floor of the inn and is perfect for a couple looking for a quiet, cozy space or for a family with children over age 12.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 2 Twin

Nightly Rate: $135 - $165


Room with a queen size bed and private bath. Flat Screen TV with cable connection, Central Air and Wifi.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen


Room with a queen size bed and private bath. Flat Screen TV with cable connection, Central Air and Wifi.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen


Room with a queen size bed and private bath. Flat Screen TV with cable connection, Central Air and Wifi.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen


Room with a queen size bed and private bath. Flat Screen TV with cable connection, Central Air and Wifi.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

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Location Type

Country setting, Countryside, Small town


Baltimore, MD (BWI-Baltimore Washington) 59 miles

Directions to property:

Please refer to home page directions link.

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Picnic area, Religious Services, Ski area, Vineyard, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

Fireplace, Private entrance, Telephone, VCR, Videos, Wi-Fi

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Board games, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Internet Service, Library, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Billiards, Bird watching, Cross-country ski trails, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Mountain Bike trails, Badminton, Croquet, ghost stories, paranormal investigations, dinner/storytelling package, Shopping, Ski rentals

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  • Check In:: 3:00pm -6:00 pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Prefer 10 years old and older
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Selected weekends
  • Accepted payments VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: $100 payable by credit card or personal check
  • Cancellations: Cancellation must be made at least 14 days in advance of your planned stay to receive a refund of deposit less a $25 handling fee. Deposit will be forfeited for late cancellation.



Eileen and Dennis Hoover

Languages spoken


Resident Pets

Cats , Dogs , no pets reside in the B&B

About the innkeepers

Both Dennis and Eileen love gardening, spending time with their pugs and entertaining guests. Eileen holds a Masters Degree in American History and welcomes questions. Both innkeepers are happy to help with tourist advice.

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  • Time Served: 8:00 am - 9:00 am
  • Serving Location: individual tables, Breakfast/dining area

Signature Dish

Dennis' Blueberry Pancakes
Chef Dennis prepares some of the best pancakes around served with a side of bacon or sausage.